Asphalt shingles are an excellent option for roofing a house due to their relative affordability and availability. There are two primary materials asphalt shingles are made of: organic and fiberglass. However, beyond materials, there are also different styles of asphalt shingles. We see many clients selecting 3-tab shingles, architectural shingles, and GAF Superior Lifetime Designer singles.
Benefits of 3-Tab Shingles
Most homes have roofs made with 3-tab shingles. 3-tab shingles can handle wind uplift as strong as 70 miles per hour. They often come with a warranty from the manufacturer. These guarantees can sometimes last for as long as 25 years
3-Tab shingles are easily recognized because they have a simple 3-tab pattern. The tabs allow for them to lay on top of each other neatly and to nail them to the roof quickly. Bundles of shingles often cost in between $25 and $30, and you will need three packets to form a square. A square is an industrial term for 100 square feet of shingles. So the average consumer is looking at costs of between $75 and $90 per 100 square feet of shingles.
3-Tab shingles are an excellent choice for many homeowners because they are one of the most affordable options for roofing, and they have a fantastic lifespan of a couple of decades in the right weather conditions. They are the ultimate economic shingle style option. They are functional at a fraction of the cost of most other roofing options.
A single piece of 3-tab shingles is the most economical and primary example of roofing on the market today. The creation of 3-tab shingles is done by coating a strong fiberglass base with mineral granules, which allows each piece to have a different color tone.
3-Tab shingles are exceptionally light and are designed to handle mild elements for 20 years or more. Houses with these shingles have a clean horizontal appearance of their roofs. During the installation of 3-tab shingles, the shingles are often notched to give a more decorative appearance. All in all, 3-tab shingles are a great option for homeowners on a budget who still want their roof to look tidy and clean.
Drawbacks of 3-Tab Shingles
However, 3-tab shingles are not perfect. They have their fair share of complications and issues. Due to the way they are created, they have fewer style choices than other types of asphalt shingles. They also run a higher potential for being blown off of roofs in severe winds, and have shorter lifespans than other roofing options.
In addition to limited style choices, 3-tab shingles also only have a few color options due to the style of coating that is used to treat the fiberglass base. And these options are limited to a small variety of earthy colors. 3-Tab shingles cannot be placed on a roof with any form of unconventional design and can only do the clean horizontal look.
While these shingles are easy to install and look clean, the method in which they are placed leaves them with a severe weakness. Strong winds can quickly destroy the shingles on a roof. Due to their tiered design, winds can get under shingles if they are strong enough. If that happens, the wind can push up on the shingle until it breaks or flies off. Once that happens, the next shingle is more vulnerable to the wind and may fly off as well, until an entire section of a roof loses its protective layer. Strong winds are often a sign of storms, so losing the protective layer of your roof right before or during a storm can be catastrophic for your house.
Even if your 3-tab shingles do not come off in a storm, they are still less durable than other types of roofing. Their twenty-year lifespan may be shortened depending on the weather conditions that they face over time. Severe forms of weather, whether in the way of heat, cold, or storms, can damage 3-tab shingles and will cause you to need to replace them more often.
3-Tab Shingle Roofs
Equipping your house with shingles can be a dangerous and challenging job if you are inexperienced. Putting roofing on a house is the type of job you need to hire professionals for to ensure that the job ends quickly and correctly. We specialize in roof installation and repair, and our experience helps us ensure that the job gets done right.
Not only that, but our primary focus is to ensure that your home and family is protected for years to come, whether with 3-tab shingles, architectural shingles, or other premium roofing options.
Contact us today to let us help you choose the right shingle type and color for your house and budget.